Optical diagnostic techniques have become an integral part of many measurements in industrial and research laboratories. Many types of interferometers and their phase-shifted versions have been used to measure optical wave fronts for lens testing and combustion and fluid flow diagnostics. One such instrument is the point diffraction interferometer (PDI), which is considered to be robust because it has a common-path design. However, the PDI is difficult to align and has limited measurement range for liquid phase applications. Interferometry and schlieren techniques have been widely used for many years for gas flow visualization.